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What is Tooth Pain

Toothache

What a toothache feels like: Pain that can be continuous, sharp, or throbbing; pain when chewing

Possible causes of toothache: Decay or cavity, infection, pain from dental surgery, gum disease, abscess, impacted tooth, broken or chipped tooth

Tips to help relieve a toothache:

  • Clean your mouth by rinsing with warm, salt water

  • Use dental floss to remove food

  • Contact your dentist right away if pain is severe or lasts more than a day or two

Pain management for different types of tooth pain

Get your pain reliever dose right. Why?

If you take more medicine than the label says, you may increase your chance of serious side effects. To use OTC pain relievers safely:

  • Take the dose directed on the label

  • Wait the right amount of time between doses

  • Don’t take more than the daily limit

  • If your pain lasts for more than 10 days, stop taking the medicine and see your dentist

  • Remember, it’s important to identify the cause of your tooth pain. Only a dental professional can do this.
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